European Loc Pool (ELP) has placed an order of ten six-axle hybrid locomotives with Stadler.

The latest contract, which includes an order of ten Co’Co’ hybrid locomotives, is part of a framework agreement for a total of 100 units.

The addition of the energy-efficient vehicles will expand ELP’s fleet and bolster its position in leasing hybrid locomotives.

Stadler Valencia CEO Iñigo Parra said: “We are proud that ELP has selected us as the manufacturer of the new hybrid locomotives.

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“This order underscores Stadler’s commitment to environmentally-friendly and energy-efficient transport services on European freight corridors.”

As the agreement does not stipulate a minimum order, ELP can place a request for additional locomotives.

The hybrid locomotives to be supplied have a power range of 2.8MW in diesel-electric operation and up to 6.15MW in electric catenary operation. They can switch between electric power to diesel on the go.

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Additionally, these vehicles minimise wear and tear to the track infrastructure, thereby reducing their maintenance costs.

Configured to German measures (15kV + 25kV AC and 1 x 2.8MW diesel engine), the locomotives feature ETCS and a radio remote control.

Headquartered in Bussnang in eastern Switzerland, Stadler manufactures various forms of rolling stock, including high-speed trains, heavy rail trains, underground trains, locomotives and trams.

Established in 1942, the company has more than 40 service locations.

Recently, Stadler opened a train manufacturing site in the US at Salt Lake City, Utah. Involving an investment of around $50m, the site was completed in around 18 months.